It Is What It Is

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Thursday: 10:00 pm – Wilson TheaterBuy Tickets
Friday: 10:00 pm – Sullivan TheaterBuy Tickets

 

  • BeatBoxing – The Fifth Element of Hip Hop
  • It Is What It Is

Beatboxing: The Fifth Element of Hip Hop

BeatBoxing – The Fifth Element of Hip Hop

 

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Rating: PG
Runtime:  55 minutes
Director: Klaus Schneyder
Producer: Angela Viscido

 

 

Beatboxing has become a multi-lingual and diverse instrument applied in all genres of music.  The documentary shows how this modern style of music has spread and how it continues to enrich the entertainment world.

It is What it isIt Is What It Is

 

Genre: Musical, Comedy
Country: USA
Rating: PG
Runtime:  40 minutes
Director: VP Boyle
Producer: VP Boyle, Andrew Gerle

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A modern day contemporary movie musical with a completely original score, IT IS WHAT IT IS explores the lives of seven young New Yorkers during a twenty-four hour period of near misses, tattered relationships and crumbling dreams.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUD_IK3ly_A

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Bright

Double Feature 2

Friday: 2:30 pm – Wilson TheaterBuy Tickets
Saturday: 12:00 pm – Hendricks Art CenterBuy Tickets

 

  • Redemption Inc.
  • Bright


Redemption, Inc Redemption Inc.

 

Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Rating: PG
Runtime:  30 minutes
Director: K. Adithya Ashok
Producer: K. Adithya Ashok

 

Evan Freeman is a charming self-help speaker for a questionable organization which offers self-help classes to the masses. But instead of helping people solve their problems, Evan exploits them for their personal wealth. He crumbles under the weight of his guilt and decides to do the right thing, even if it means betraying the core values of the organization he represents.

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BrightBright

 

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rating: PG
Runtime:  40 minutes
Director: Benjamin Busch
Producer: Benjamin Busch

 

A blind man must guide a quirky young man through a desparate fear.

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Falling Up

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WINNER OF THE BIFF 2012 BEST SHORT FILM AWARD…
Line of Departure 

Friday: 2:30 pm – Rotary CenterBuy Tickets

 

  • The Line of Departure – WINNER BEST SHORT FILM AWARD
  • Falling Up


A Line of DepartureThe Line of Departure

WINNER
BEST SHORT FILM AWARD 

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Sunday: noon – Angel MuseumBuy Tickets
Sunday: 2:30 pm – La Casa GrandeBuy Tickets

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Rating: PG
Runtime:  26 minutes
Director: Folleh Tamba
Producer: Juan Montelongo

 

A Purple Heart recipient shares his last day before his second tour of duty.

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Falling UpFalling Up

 

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rating: PG-13
Runtime:  39 minutes
Director: Ryan Marzolph
Producer: Ryan Marzolph

 

A young man struggles with a technology his family created, which can record a person’s thoughts, and its implications on identity, memory, and what it means to be human.

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Treasure / Alhaja

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  • The Angels in the Middle of the Square
  • Mish Mush (apricots)
  • Coventry
  • Perhaps Tomorrow
  • Treasure /Alhaja
  • Cheese!
  • Oliver’s Treasure
  • Dawn

The Angels in the Middle of the SquareThe Angels in the Middle of the Square
(Os Anjos do meio da Praça)

 

Genre: Animation
Country: Brazil
Rated: G
Runtime: 10 minutes
Director: Alexandre Camargo ,Camila Carrossine

A fable about fallen angels, forgotten dreams and a boy.

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Mish Mush / ApricotsMish Mush (apricots)

 

 

Genre: Comedic – Drama
Country: Canada, Syria, Arab Republic
Rated: PG
Runtime: 19 minutes
Director: Amar Chebib

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Upon being drafted for military service, Ahmad, a determined young Syrian poet, decides to flee the country. Consequently, he is forced up against his conservative family, reluctant lover, and must negotiate his way through the labyrinthine bureaucracy of Damascus. En route to Lebanon, he discovers himself in an unexpected place, an apricot orchard.

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CoventryCoventry

 

 

Genre: Drama – Thriller
Country: USA
Rated: G
Runtime: 14 minutes
Director: Shawn Cheatham, Jeremy Chandler

 

In an unknown era and an uncharted land, three men set out on a mysterious search that sends them to Coventry.

Perhaps TomorrowPerhaps Tomorrow

 

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rated: PG
Runtime: 21 minutes
Director: Sandy Garfunkel
Producer:  Sandy Garfunkel, Wendy Shear

 

Annie has detached herself from her friends and her work, and seems desperate to find a connection with a world other than her own. She thinks there is only one path to resolution, but unexpectedly, her daily lunch routine becomes the key to making peace with the ghosts of her past.

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TreasureTreasure /Alhaja

 

 

Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Rated: G
Runtime: 5 minutes
Director: Javier  Figuero
Producer:  Rocío  González, Andrea  Casaseca

 

A beggar remembers the day a little girl gave him the best present in his life.

Cheese!Cheese!

 

 

Genre: Family – Comedy
Country: USA
Rated: G
Runtime: 5 minutes
Director: Damien Patrik

 

3 fun loving college girls and a camera. Say cheese!

Oliver's TreasureOliver’s Treasure

 

Genre: Animation Comedy Fantasy
Country: USA
Rated: G
Runtime: 3 minutes
Director: Chuck Grieb

 

Down on his luck again, the likable and plucky, if opportunistic, knight, Sir Oliver, is on the run. Stumbling into the king’s receiving room, Sir Oliver finds himself to have dogged his pursuers, but to find the old monarch’s crown was left forgotten on the throne. Intrigued at this unique, valuable, and fragile find, the easily distracted Sir Oliver gives the crown a try to see how it sits on his head. Trouble quickly returns when a searching knight tracks down Oliver’s hiding place. Oliver’s treasure is an animated comedy using Three Dimensional Computer Generated Imagery to bring the characters to life..

DawnDawn

 

Genre:  Fantasy
Country: Greece
Rated: G
Runtime: 7 minutes
Director: Nick Dimitriadis

 

An artist seeks inspiration for his next project. His quest will take him to some rather unusual places.


The Secret Friend

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Thursday: 7:30 pm Beloit LibraryBuy Tickets
Friday: 2:30 pm – La Casa Grande Buy Tickets

 

  • The Secret Friend
  • Out of Erasers
  • On the Beat – Soata
  • Negative
  • The 36
  • My Brother Greg
  • On Time
  • Art on the Bridge
  • Traces of Other

The Secret FriendThe Secret Friend

 

 

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: Brazil, USA
Rated: G
Runtime: 16 minutes
Director: Flavio Alves
Producer: Nicholas Eisenberg, Raina Oberlin, Flavio Alves, Fernando Pinheiro

 

A reclusive, elderly widow, Anna Marshall (Viola Harris), lives in quiet desperation until she begins receiving daily calls from a silent stranger. An odd and mysterious friendship evolves between the two, as Anna begins to share her life experiences with startling honesty. Empty days are given new hope, but when the calls abruptly end, a devastated Anna is compelled to surprising action to fill the unbearable void.

Out of ErasersOut of Erasers

 

Genre: Animation, Drama Horror
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Rated: PG
Runtime: 14 minutes
Director: Erik Rosenlund
Producer: Daniel Wirtberg

 

 

A woman on her way home becomes a victim of a strange infection. She soon realizes that an epidemic is spreading and there are larger forces at work. While struggling to find a cure she also discovers that desperate times require hard choices.

On the Beat – Soata

 

 

Country: Brazil
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 3 minutes

The joys of Brazilian music and dance are explored through a unique animation of natural elements.

 

NegativeNegative

 

 

 

Genre: Drama, Documentary
Country: Israel
Rated: PG
Runtime: 16 minutes
Director: Yoav Hornung
Producer: Yoav Hornung

Irit, a woman in her mid-sixties, is taking photographs in the park. when a young guy suspects that she took a picture of him he sits next to her and they start to talk. A short conversation and a dark room will lead to an intimate situation that Irit never expected. Things get more complicated when her beautiful young granddaughter shows up.

The 36The 36

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rated: PG
Runtime: 7 minutes
Director: Keaton Manning
Producer: Keaton Manning

 

“The 36” follows an old Polish woman who encounters a Jewish teenage girl, on her journey home from the liberated concentration camps. Derived from Yiddish, The Lamed Vav Zaddikim: a theory that the fate of the world rests, at any given time, in the hands of 36 righteous people. They are put on earth to perform the healing of the world.

My Brother GregMy Brother Greg

Genre: Animation Drama
Country: United Kingdom
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 10 minutes
Director: Philipp Enders
Producer: Philipp Enders

 

Greg hates flies. Morning after morning, those little brats bring him a new nightmare. Four short episodes, which change between humor and scare, tell us of the effect these wrong-headed day-breaks have on our protagonist. Mostly they end in one of Greg’s temper tantrums. Yet, his brother, the narrator of the film, plays a role as important as Greg himself. His voice is as tender as if he were telling us a bedtime story and the plot almost seems like episodes of a personal diary that are revised over and over again. The viewer cannot avoid assuming, that this ominous brother has made up the whole story.

 

On Time

 

 

Genre: Drama
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 18 minutes
Director: Robert W. Angell
Producer: Robert W. Angell

 

A man reflects on his life, before he decides to end it.

 

Art on the Bridge

 

Genre: Documentary
Country: United Kingdom, Czech Republic
Rated: G
Runtime: 11 minutes
Director:  Jonas Zimmermann, Michelle Horn
Producer: Jonas Zimmermann, Michelle Horn

 

A portrayal of the lives of street artists and vendors on the Charles Bridge in Prague.  The film looks at the tightrope walk between art and commerce..

Traces of OtherTraces of Other

 

Genre: Animation
Rated: G
Runtime: 6 minutes
Director:  Daisuke Nagaoka
Producer:  Daisuke Nagaoka

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A House Full of Thorns

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Thursday: 7:30 pm Eclipse CenterBuy Tickets
Saturday: 5:00 pm – Speakeasy I Buy Tickets

 

  • Hop the twig
  • Protect the Nation
  • Lars
  • The Film I Did Not Forget
  • Special Delivery
  • Talk
  • A House Full Of  Thorns
  • Always Sprinkle Pepper

Hop the TwigHop the twig

 

Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Canada
Rated: G
Runtime: 10 minutes
Director: Kyle Rideout
Producer: Kyle Rideout, Yifeng Song, Josh Epstein, Naomi Wright

 

Death strikes a mortal blow… to a common house plant.  This plunges little Audrey into her deepest fear, that one day her mother will meet the same fate.

Protect the NationProtect the Nation

 

Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, South Africa
Rated: PG
Runtime: 17 minutes
Director: C. R. Reisser
Producer: Marcus Machura, Thomas Reisser

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In the spring of 2008, a shocking wave of xenophobic attacks against foreign immigrants spread across South Africa, leading to the deaths of sixty-two people and the displacement of over 40,000. “Protect the Nation” is a humble and intimate look inside the struggles of a community and the consequences of greed, miscommunication and hate. When faced with the unexpected kindness of a stranger, a young boy begins to question himself. Does he have the courage to do what’s right?

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LarsLars

 

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 18 minutes
Director: Manuela Rossi
Producer: Adam Perly, Manuela Rossi

 

Lars, a young Stasi Lieutenant, discovers his parents are underground smugglers and struggles to reconcile his feeling of kinship with his ideology.

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The Film I Did Not ForgetThe Film I Did Not Forget

Genre: Drama, Documentary
Country: Uruguay | Brazil
Rated: G
Runtime: 3 minutes
Director: Renato C. Gaiarsa
Producer: Renato C. Gaiarsa

 

During a trip to Uruguay, he filmed his girlfriend. After a break-up he returned to Sao Paulo and recorded the empty apartment where they both lived. As a result, pieces of love memories in the form of film.

Special DeliverySpecial Delivery

Genre: Musical
Country: USA
Rated: PG
Runtime: 8 minutes
Director: Charlie Cunliffe
Producer: Mary Cunliffe

 

Special Delivery” is a story about a group of matchmaking friends who get an unexpected surprise when they set up a wall flower and a quirky delivery person. They witness how love can truly transform people in ways they could not have imagined

TalkTalk

Genre: Drama
Country: United Kingdom
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 10 minutes
Director: Callie Lane
Producer: Mike Hume, Callie Lane, Amir Nader

 

When Michael’s girlfriend Eloise surprises him with a day out at the beach he is blissfully unaware that soon his life will begin to spiral out of control.

A House Full of ThornsA House Full Of  Thorns

 

(“Unha casa con silveiras”)

 

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rated: G
Runtime: 18 minutes
Director: Roi Fernandez
Producer: Roi Fernandez

 

The journey of a Galician actress trying to find her place in NYC breaking through her communication problems.

 

Always Sprinkle PepperAlways Sprinkle Pepper

 

Genre: Family
Country: USA
Rated: G
Runtime: 3 minutes
Director: Evan Trout, Alex Rodgers
Producer: Evan Trout, Alex Rodgers

 

Cinematic representation of the poem ‘Always Sprinkle Pepper’ by Shel Silverstein. A rebellious boy sprinkles pepper in his hair. He discovers that the pepper in his hair saves him from Wild Barbazoops and old hags.

Morya

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  • Morya
  • Two Friendly Ghosts
  • The Ascension
  • Tempest
  • Lady and the Champ
  • In the Morning
  • Mothmen of Milwaukee
  • My Prison Called Life
  • Interview

 

Morya

Morya

 

Genre: Drama
Country: India, USA
Rated: G
Runtime: 19 minutes
Director: Vihang Walve
Producer: Vihang Walve,  Bhakti Walve

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A 10 year-old Mumbai boy has tremendous faith in the elephant-headed god Ganesha. But his belief that the god fulfills his every wish takes an adverse turn.

Two Friendly GhostTwo Friendly Ghosts

 

Genre: Drama
Country: Germany USA
Rated: G
Runtime: 11 minutes
Director: Parker  Ellerman
Producer: Birke Birkner, Vincent Joliet, Thorne Mutert, Denni

 

James Dean and Donald Turnupseed, the man whose car killed Dean, meet again for the first time … at the very same intersection where the accident occurred.

The AscensionThe Ascension

 

 

Genre: Drama
Country: China
Rated: PG
Runtime: 3 minutes
Director: Gershon Sng
Producer: Gershon Sng

A beggar finds a box with special powers and shares it with his friends.  Soon the friends are plotting to steal the box, and what follows is unexpected.

Tempest

 

Country: Brazil
Rated: PG
Runtime:10 minutes

Lost at sea, a grizzly Captain must weather the storm of the century to sail his way home.

 

Lady and the ChampLady and the Champ

 

 

Country: USA
Rated: G
Runtime: 3 minutes
Director: Evan Burris Trout
Producer: Evan Burris Trout

 

Strangers meet and a bond is immediately discovered

 

In the MorningIn the Morning

 

 

Country: USA
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 10 minutes
Director: Geoff Crittenden
Producer: Geoff Crittenden

 

A troubled young couple has a fight shortly after waking up.

Mothmen of MilwaukeeMothmen of Milwaukee

 

 

Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 6 minutes
Director: Kristin Peterson
Co-Producer and Students: Tate Bunker, instructor, Mitchell Blue, Joe Calamia, Kelly Danen, Derek Dehart, ,B.J. Fisher, Bennett Litton, Jonathan Long, Moe McPhearson, Kristin Peterson, Logan Peterson, Tony Porter, Noah Witt

Circling the lights at night, Milwaukee youth follow their leader in a new religious movement. Dressed in winged robed they explore ideas of community, joy, and purity through light.

My Prison Called LifeMy Prison Called Life

 

 

Genre: Family Drama
Country: Canada
Rated: PG
Runtime: 10 minutes
Director: Stephen Pickering
Producer: Jeff Doiron

 

Charles Surdell spends his last day in prison, awaiting his execution for the murder of his wife 18 years ago.  Having never received forgiveness from his son, he gives up hope that it’ll ever happen.

InterviewInterview

 

 

Genre: Musical, Animation
Country: South Korea
Rated: PG
Runtime: 5 minutes
Director: Hyun-Won Kim
Producer: Hyun-Won Kim

The artist can’t focus on drawing as usual. He manages to calm himself down by venting his spleen on oil paints which are delivered today. Increasingly, he sees his appearance drawing and that bothers him. The more an appointment is getting closer, the more his nerves are on edge. What would he really want to draw ?

 

 

Green Bangles

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WINNER OF THE BIFF 2012 BEST ANIMATION AWARD…
Advanced Cybernetics 
WINNER OF THE BIFF 2012 BEST WISCONSIN FILM AWARD…
Spare Change
Friday: 5:00 pm – Bagels & MoreBuy Tickets
Saturday: 12:00 pm – Bagels & MoreBuy Tickets

 

  • Advanced Cybernetics – WINNER BEST ANIMATION AWARD
  • Spare Change – WINNER BEST WISCONSIN FILM AWARD
  • Green Bangles
  • 5 Minutes Each
  • Left Alone
  • This Too Shall Pass
  • Anima Mundi
  • Tinker
  • Wrigley and King
  • The Okra Planter
  • Late

Advanced CyberneticsAdvanced Cybernetics

WINNER
BEST ANIMATION AWARD 

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Genre: Animation
Country: USA
Rating: G
Runtime:  4 minutes
Director: Steven Day
Producer: Steven Day

 

Isolated on a wandering spacecraft, a sentient super-computer uses the ship’s nanotech assembler to experience the memories of its long-extinct crew.

Spare ChangeSpare Change

WINNER
BEST WISCONSIN FILM AWARD 

Note: This film included in “Bundled Bests”
Sunday: noon – Angel MuseumBuy Tickets
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rating: G
Runtime:  13 minutes
Director: Aaron Greer
Producer: Mark Metcalf, Blyth Meier, Susan Santha Kerns, Lilly Czarnecki

 

A light-hearted, urban fable about a homeless man’s attempt to connect to the busy world around him.

Green BanglesGreen Bangles

 

 

Genre: Drama
Country: USA,  India
Rating: PG-13
Runtime:  12 minutes
Director: Archana Shinde
Producer: Archana Shinde, Anjali  Patil

 

When the efforts of a young girl to save her mother from her abusive father fail, she grows up with that guilt but as a grown woman, she can get rid of the burden by standing up for herself against a bullying husband.

5 Minutes Each5 Minutes Each

 

 

Genre: Drama, Animation
Country: Canada, Serbia/Montenegro
Rating: G
Runtime:  10 minutes
Director: Vojin Vasovic
Producer: Vojin Vasovic, Stevan Mitrovic

 

A metaphorical story about the constant struggle of the artist to reach those five minutes of limelight. A tale about an upswing and downfall, with the climax appearing concurrently and unexpectedly. The hermetical life of artists, who are enclosed into their own world of ideas, striving to create the epochal masterpiece.

Even if they succeed, the image they create is the reflection of themselves. And with the same fervor, they repeat the process in endless cycles.

Left AloneLeft Alone

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rating: PG-13
Runtime:  15 minutes
Director: Seth Boggess
Producer: Natasha Warloe, Terri Boggess, David Wahrer

 

Ian is a Chicago cab driver searching for someone who will listen. As he grieves the death of his son, Ian is compelled to reach out to the strangers he encounters one night on the job. Based on the Anton Chekhov short story Misery, Left Alone is a short film that explores our need for compassionate listening when we’re in pain, and the obstacles we face in that pursuit.

This Too Shall PassThis Too Shall Pass

 

 

Genre: Family
Country: USA
Rating: G
Runtime:  3 minutes
Director: Marc Wiskemann
Producer: Marc Wiskemann

 

A brief glimpse into the effects of time and our place on this earth.

Anima MundiAnima Mundi

Genre: Experimental
Country: USA
Rating: G
Runtime:  4 minutes
Director: Katherine Balsley
Producer: Katherine Balsley
‘Anima mundi,’ a latin phrase meaning ‘spirit of the world,’ Filmmaker, animator, video artist and UW-Milwaukee instructor Kate Balsley, combines thousands of individual images of flowers, both with and cultivated, to create a unique, fluid aesthetic, celebrating the beauty of the natural.

TinkerTinker

Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Rating: PG
Runtime:  7 minutes
Director: Dylan Damian
Producer: Eric Mittan, Rebecca Connor
With the help of his family, Noah Flowers discovers he really can do anything.

Wrigley and KingWrigley and King

 

 

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rating: PG-13
Runtime:  9 minutes
Director: Cornelius Murphy
Producer: Robert Giordani, Jessica Shurber

 

A man attends his brother’s funeral and reflects on a childhood memory when his brother took revenge against a neighbor for killing the family dog.

Okra PlanterThe Okra Planter

 

 

Genre: Comedy
Country: Brazil
Rating: G
Runtime:  15 minutes
Director:  Jair Molina Jr
Producer: Andrei Moyssiadis

 

An okra farmer must choose which bicycle to purchase: a utilitarian model or the pink one desired by his daughter.

LateLate

 

 

Genre:  Drama
Country:  Canada
Rating: (n/a)
Runtime:  8 min.
Director:  Jason Goode
Producer:  Chris Hanson, Dylan Jenkinson

 

Two strangers struggle for a completely honest connection in a chance, and brief, encounter at a café.

 

Momento

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  • Voice
  • Love and War
  • Momento
  • Think Big-Think Small-Scale
  • In The Cooler
  • Misserable Peace
  • That’s Showbiz
  • Alienware Industries
  • Community
  • Mister Atse in the Pursuit of an ascending career

VoiceVoice

 

Genre: Animation
Country: USA
Rated: G
Runtime: 5 minutes
Director: Hedy Yudaw
Producer: Hedy Yudaw

 

An experimental animated poem that reflects a sad loss.

Love and WarLove and War

 

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 15 minutes
Director: Lautaro Gabriel Gonda
Producer: Lautaro Gabriel Gonda

 

In a muddy hole in war-torn Europe our hero suffers a wound and laments a lost love, and back stateside in a swanky ’20s lounge he battles back and forth with various women. He’s a lover and a fighter, damaged but determined. With the help of a beautiful young nurse he heals and returns to the front to face his fate.

MomentoThe Momento

 

Genre:  Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 7 minutes
Director: Stephen Pickering
Producer: Stephen Pickering

 

On his way home late at night, a friendly driver stops to offer a ride to a hitchhiker. Their drive pauses at the driver’s home where they go inside and warm up with a cup of coffee and a shocking revelation.

Think Big Small ScaleThink Big-Think Small-Scale

 

 

Genre:  Documentary
Country: Brazil
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 7 minutes
Director: Luana Lobo
Producer: Luana Lobo

 

A short documentary about Sergio Cezar’s art and its power of transformation. Sergio is also known as “Cardboard Architect”. He uses micro-trash to recreate facades, slums and whole cities. His work is an invitation for recycling the way we look at things

In the CoolerIn The Cooler

 

 

Genre:  Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 12 minutes
Director: Brad Binning
Producer: Brad Binning

 

In a heater-less car on a frozen day, stuck between his boss’s funeral and funeral procession, a man ponders life, loss, pigeons, urinals, and what might happen when he talks to the boss’s wife.

Misserable PeaceMisserable Peace

Genre:  Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Rated: PG
Runtime: 10 minutes
Director: Evan Trout, Nick Tucco
Producer: Evan Trout, Nick Tucco

 

A young man reflects on past events that led up to a fatal tragedy. The story begins with simple love that soon crumbles into a nightmare. He is faced with a moral dilemma that will not only change the course of his life, but many others. Miserable Peace is a riddle that remains unresolved until the final seconds of the film.

That's Show BizThat’s Showbiz

 

 

Genre:  Comedy
Country: USA
Rated: G
Runtime: 2 minutes
Director: Robert Jarzen
Producer: Robert Jarzen, Jim Lyke

 

Follow the creative process in show business from the blank page to the critic… in one minute.

Alienware IndustriesAlienware Industries

 

 

Genre:  Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Rated: G
Runtime: 7 minutes
Director: Johnny Wittnebel
Producer: Jody Wittnebell, John Wittnebell

 

2 aliens are sent to earth disguised as humans to study the way of the “earthlings”.

CommunityCommunity

 

 

Genre:  Documentary
Country: USA
Rated: G
Runtime: 10 minutes
Director: Marc Kornblatt
Producer: Marc Kornblatt

 

Community’ is’ a short documentary about co-operative learning in and beyond a diverse third grade Wisconsin classroom. The film features narration by students explaining what they think of their work as they jump rope together, sing, solve math problems, read to kindergartners, learn about Martin Luther King’ with senior citizens and persevere on a six-mile round-trip hike to their state capitol. As the children reveal the importance of forging positive relationships, they are wise, charming and a pleasure to watch.

Mr.Atse: In Pursuit of an Ascending Career Mister Atse in the Pursuit of an ascending career

 

 

Genre:  Animation
Country: Netherlands
Rated: G
Runtime: 6 minutes
Director: Hein van Dijk
Producer: Hein van Dijk

 

Mr.Atse in pursuit of an ascending career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Country: USA
Rated: G
Runtime: 5 minutes
Director: Hedy Yudaw
Producer: Hedy Yudaw

Sunday

Short Slot 7

WINNER OF THE BIFF 2012 BEST STUDENT FILM AWARD…
CYCLICITY 

Friday: 10:00 pm – La Casa GrandeBuy Tickets
Saturday: 12:00 pm Bushel & PecksBuy Tickets

 

  • Arthur
  • Cyclicity – WINNER BEST STUDENT FILM AWARD
  • Us
  • A Comic Author X-Ray
  • Sunday
  • Sated
  • Kwik Fix
  • Naia And The Moon

ArthurArthur

 

 

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rating: PG-13
Runtime:  10 minutes
Director: John Jacobsen
Producer: Chris Oliver

 

Arthur is the story of a young boy just learning to take a stand for what is right. When his mother goes out for a run, he must use his imagination to travel through the darkness to overcome the dangerous beast that threatens his family.

CyclicityCyclicity
WINNER
BEST STUDENT FILM

Note: This film included in “Bundled Bests”
Sunday: noon – Angel MuseumBuy Tickets
Sunday: 2:30 pm – La Casa GrandeBuy Tickets

 

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rating: PG-17
Runtime:  11 minutes
Director: Jason Knade
Producer: Jason Knade

 

Cyclicity is a girl meets girl love story that explores philosophical themes and contemporary romance while showing the life of a relationship, from beginning to end, from the first hopeful spark of attraction to the painful final goodbyes.

Us / NosotrosUs

 

 

Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, USA
Rating: PG-17
Runtime:  5 minutes
Director: Àlex  Lora
Producer: Carlota Royuela

 

A girl with different boys thinks… a boy with different girls thinks… meanwhile the same question divide them…

A Comic Authur x-rayA Comic Author X-Ray

 

 

Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Rating: PG-17
Runtime:  20 minutes
Director: Marcos Nine
Producer: Marcos Nine, Alicia Veira, Alfredo Alemparte

 

David Rubin makes a comic book about his feelings while his private life is being filmed for a documentary. A journey through the imagination of one of the most important comic authors of the moment.

SundaySunday

 

 

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rating: PG-17
Runtime:  13 minutes
Director: Dominic López
Producer: Dominic López, James D. Schumacher III, Isaac Brooks

 

Cassie and Mamet have great news to share with one another. Each disclosure will take their relationship to an amazing next step. However, an unexpected reaction threatens to ruin their whole world.

SatedSated

 

 

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rating: PG-13
Runtime:  7 minutes
Director: Tyler Breitbach, Charles Cunliffe
Producer: Mary Cunliffe

 

Living in a “pressure cooker”, a young man survives only through his fantasies of revenge until finally hies is free, he is sated.

Kwik FixKwik Fix

 

 

Genre: Comedy
Country: Australia
Rating: PG-13
Runtime:  11 minutes
Director: Kelly Hucker
Producer: Fiona Leally

A portrayal of people we all know but hardly ever acknowledge, and a man with a dream no one else shares.

Naia and the MoonNaia And The Moon

 

Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Rating: PG
Runtime:  13 minutes
Director: Leandro Tadashi
Producer: Leandro Tadashi

 

Based on an indigenous tale from the Amazon Rainforest, a girl falls in love with the moon after learing how the stars were created

 

 

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Short Slot 8

Friday: 7:30 pm – Richardson Theater – Beloit CollegeBuy Tickets
(Note Location Change)
Saturday: 7:30 pm – Sullivan TheaterBuy Tickets

 

  • The Planting
  • Goldenbox
  • Remy
  • Int. Bedroom-day
  • CUTEeGRL
  • Fade in
  • In Her Eyes

PlantingThe Planting

 

 

Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Rating: R
Runtime:  5 minutes
Director: Jason R. Goode
Producer: Dylan Jenkinson

 

After a wasted life of digging holes and filling them back in, Chris is faced with the task of digging his last hole.

Golden BoxGoldenbox

 

 

Genre: Comedy, Action
Country: USA
Rating: R
Runtime:  16 minutes
Director: Matt MacDonald
Producer: Matt MacDonald, Damian Horan, Camila Ohara Tanabe

 

Best friends Jeff and Tucker have grown up like most boys: playing video games and causing mischief. Now, late into their 20s, Jeff’s new job promotion is moving him out of the country and away from Tucker’s irresponsibility forever. With one last night together, they have to break into the UP-Ex shipping facility to steal back a package – a mysterious golden box – and hope their friendship can survive the adventure

RemyRemy

 

 

Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, USA
Rating: R
Runtime:  11 minutes
Director: Roi Fernandez
Producer: Roi Fernandez

 

A wig-seller with a secret life. A tango singer with a dark obsession. Both are bond by the night and tango.

Int. Bedroom-DayInt. Bedroom-day

 

 

Genre: Comedy
Country: Canada
Rating: R
Runtime:  5 minutes
Director: Murray Stiller
Producer: Dean Emerick

 

A short film proving that in the bedroom performance is everything.

CUTEeGRL CUTEeGRL

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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rating: PG-17
Runtime:  20 minutes
Director: Jeton Murtishi, Doug McDade
Producer: Jeton Murtishi

 

 An online chat room conversation with a child predator leads to a meeting with a loving family’s 14 year old daughter and an unexpected visitor.

Fade InFade in

 

 

Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Singapore
Rating: R
Runtime: 8 minutes
Director: Derrick Lui
Producer: Derrick Lui

 

A beautiful woman examines her features for signs of fading fortune and looks. She wonders about change and aging and feels somehow that it is who she is.

In Her EyesIn Her Eyes

 

 

Genre: Drama,Thriller
Country: Australia
Rating: R
Runtime: 19 minutes
Director: Robert Smellin, Chris  Smellin
Producer: Lori Young
The Works of Jonn Herschend

Works of Jonn Herschend (The)
WINNER | Josh Burton Award

The Works of Jonn Herschend
WINNER
The BIFF 2012 JOSH BURTON AWARD
Thur: 10:00 pm – Hendricks Art CenterBuy Tickets
Friday: 5:00 pm – Angel Museum     Buy Tickets
Sunday: Noon – Nikki’s CafeBuy Tickets
(Screening Added for Award Winners)
Genre: Various
Country: USA
Rating: PG
Runtime:  54 minutes
Director: Jonn  Herschend
Producer: Jonn  Herschend

 

 

Jonn Herschend is a publisher, filmmaker and visual artist.  His films and installations have been exhibited in Museums, Galleries and Art centers internationally and nationally, including a recent exhibition at Den Frie Contemporary Art Center in Copenhagen, Denmark and an on-line film series with the Oakland Museum of California.  His work has appeared at  LKV Gallery, Norway; the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art; Diverse Works, Houston Texas; the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and the San Francisco International Film Festival, where his short film, “Embrace of the Irrational,” won a 2010 Golden Gate award.

He is currently co-editor and publisher (along with visual artist Will Rogan) of THE THING Quarterly, an object based publication that has featured issues by the likes of Miranda July, James Franco, Jonathan Lethem, and Dave Eggers.   He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of California Berkeley, and Stanford University and is currently a senior lecturer at San Francisco State University and California College of Art.

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Raven's Hollow

Triple Feature 1

Thursday: 10:00 pm – La Casa GrandeBuy Tickets
Friday: 10:00 pm – Wilson TheaterBuy Tickets

 

  • Fractured Minds
  • Pure Evil
  • Raven’s Hollow

Fractured MindsFractured Minds

Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Rating: R
Runtime:  28 minutes
Director: Frank  Battiston
Producer: Frank  Battiston, Rene Fornari, Kevin Walton, Jose Jacho, Terrence Lee

 

A couple hits the road for a weekend getaway, hoping to restore their malfunctioning marriage. On their way they belief that this is the weekend that they will get to enjoy each other without interruptions. Their hope, however, turns into despair when the most desired getaway soon becomes a fight for survival as the couple is taken hostage by a psychotic serial killer.

However, they are not alone in this nightmare but they will soon find out that this can easily change. Now more than ever, they will require each other’s strength and love to find a way to escape.

Pure EvilPure Evil

 

 

Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Rating: R-MA
Runtime:  23 minutes
Director: Mark Bauer
Producer: John Stevenson, Carlos Miranda, Jesse Beleck, Carole Robards

Reverend John Cole is a beloved man. By his wife, his children, his congregation. But he has a secret. Once a week, every week, he locks himself in the basement. Nobody else is ever allowed to go down there. What is John doing? What is he hiding? Today, his 12-year-old son Jake has decided to find out.

Raven's Hollow Raven’s Hollow

Genre: Horror, Animation
Country: USA
Rating: PG-13
Runtime:  11 minutes
Director: Colin Clarke
Producer: Colin Clarke

On Halloween night, a rural ghost story comes true… Billy, his sister Lisa, and her boyfriend Mike, spend a night at the drive-in after trick or treating on Halloween. When Billy threatens to walk home through an old cornfield, Mike tells him a legend of Old Farmer Blood, who is said to have seeded his field with the blood of murder victims. When Billy disbelieves, Mike leads the trio into a nightmare of unrelenting terror.

Reco

Triple Feature 2

Thursday: 7:30 pm – Nikki’s CafeBuy Tickets
Friday: 2:30 pm – Domenico’sBuy Tickets

 

  • Challenging Impossibility
  • Reco
  • Dilli

Challenging ImpossibilityChallenging Impossibility

 

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Rating: G
Runtime:  29 minutes
Director: Natabara Mark Rollosson, Sanjay Rawal
Producer: Sanjay Rawal, Natabara Mark Rollosson, Mridanga Spencer

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Sri Chinmoy defied all notions of age being a barrier to physical development. In fact, at the age of 76 he set personal bests in a number of lifts, not measured in the tens or hundreds of pounds, but in the thousands.Challenging Impossibility illustrates that one should never give up, that we can write and rewrite our history through inspired enthusiasm and a faith in our inmost capacities.This 28-minute short film features bodybuilding and strength legends Bill Pearl, Frank Zane, Hugo Girard, Mike Katz and Dan Lurie as well as nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis. Challenging Impossibility also features music by Explosions in the Sky and Arvo Pärt as well as appearances by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Sting and Susan Sarandon.

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RecoReco

 

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rating: PG
Runtime:  23 minutes
Director: Chris A. Adle
Producer: Mary Boregino

 

 

A teenager is sent on a journey to fetch her aging grandmother and return her to the family farm. What seems on the surface to be a simple task is compounded when we learn that along her route lays a tiny house, the occupants of which she seems to have been trying to avoid.

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DilliDilli

 

Genre: Documentary
Country:India
Rating: PG
Runtime:  25 minutes
Director: Sushmit Gosh, Rinto Thomas
Producer: Sushmit Gosh, Rinto Thomas

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DILLI is a moving collection of heartfelt interviews with Delhi slum dwellers. Its lens focuses on a group of dwellers, bringing to life the untold story of mass exodus of thousands who were bulldozed from their homes and transferred to a makeshift facade – Bawana without water, shelter or drainage, while the city was being beautified for Commonwealth Games 2010. DILLI – city of dreams – is a universal story of millions of underprivileged around the world. DILLI holds up a mirror not only to India, but to every nation around the world, whose poor live forgotten under bridges, children go hungry, and fathers work thousands of miles from their families to provide. DILLI brings awareness. And awareness is the first step towards action.

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Sub Rosa

Triple Feature 3

Friday: 7:30 pm – Beloit LibraryBuy Tickets
Saturday: 12:00 pm – Domenico’sBuy Tickets

 

  • The Florestine Collection
  • Sub Rosa
  • The Rockford Pro-Life Community

The Florestine CollectionThe Florestine Collection

 

Genre: Animation
Country: USA
Rating: G
Runtime:  31 minutes
Director: Paul Gailiunas, Helen Hill
Producer: Paul Gailiunas, Helen Hill

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Experimental Animator Helen Hill found more than 100 handmade dresses in a trash pile on one Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans. She set out to make a film about the dressmaker, an African-American seamstress who had recently passed away. The dresses and much of the film footage were later flood-damaged by Hurricane Katrina while Helen was still working on the film. Helen was murdered in a home invasion in New Orleans in 2007. Her husband Paul Gailiunas has completed the film, which includes Helen’s original silhouette, cut-out, and puppet animation, as well as flood-damaged and restored home movies.

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http://beloitfilmfest.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/sub-rosa.jpgSub Rosa

 

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rating: PG-13
Runtime:  20 minutes
Director: J.D. Dickey
Producer:  Leopoldo Marino

 

 

Laurel, a suburban woman, comes to believe her neighbor may be a criminal. By paying close watch over him and taking note of his activities, she convinces her friend Karen that the man is a menace and that his daughter Olivia may be in danger. But only by entering the man’s world and finding out what really motivates him, can Laurel take the next step.Laurel believes her neighbor may be a criminal and that his daughter is in danger.

 

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The Rockford Pro-Life CommunityThe Rockford Pro-Life Community

 

Genre: Documentary
Country:USA
Rating: PG
Runtime:  20 minutes
Director: Tom Doherty
Producer: Tom Doherty

 

 

Since 1985, over 50,000 abortions have been performed at The Northern Illinois Women’s Center, (N.I.W.C.), in Rockford, Illinois. Every day that the N.I.W.C. has been open, pro-life activists have come to protest, pray, and offer alternatives to the pregnant women entering the facility. This emotional documentary takes a look into the pro-life presence in Rockford, who they are, what they do, and some of the struggles they continually endure while standing up for the unborn.

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